For Nand Nagri’s Mehar Jahan, refusal to serve food cost her dearly. Enraged at Jahan for refusing to give food, neighbour Ashok Kumar on Thursday night knifed her husband Abdul Hafeez, who was returning home after work. Abdul is a rickshaw puller.
The accused was caught by local people and handed over to the police. Kumar allegedly stabbed Hafeez after an argument over his wife’s refusal to serve food.
In her police complaint, Jahan told the police that Kumar had been released from the Tihar Jail some eight months ago, where he was lodged in a robbery case.
“Kumar was living alone and had no source of income or the money to buy food. Because we sympathised with him, we had been giving him food for the past 20 days,” Jahan told the police in her statement.
“Around 8pm on Thursday, a drunk Kumar came to my house and insisted that I give him food. I refused, saying I had not cooked anything for dinner. He became enraged and abused me verbally when I asked him to arrange food for himself somewhere else. He left my house saying he would make my husband pay for my refusal,” she added.
Around 9pm, Kumar allegedly attacked Hafeez when he was returning home on his rickshaw. Hafeez was rushed to the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. A case of murder was registered and Kumar was arrested.